The Trade Winds
- "The Tradewinds" redirects here. For the group formerly called The Tradewinds, see Styx .
was an American pop group
formed in Providence
, Rhode Island
. The group's members were Peter Andreoli (aka Peter Anders) and Vincent Poncia, Jr.
, and had previously had a hit single
together (with a third member, Norman Marzano) under the name The Videls
with a song
called "Mr. Lonely", which hit #73 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart
After a few further single
releases, The Videls folded, and Anders and Poncia began writing tunes with Phil Spector
for groups such as The Ronettes
and The Crystals
under the name The Trade Winds in 1965, they released several singles and scored two more U.S. hits, "New York's a Lonely Town" (#32, 1965) and the psychedelic-tinged "Mind Excursion" (#51, 1966). In 1966 they changed their name to The Innocence
, recorded a full-length eponymous album
, and had two further hit singles, "There's Got to Be a Word!" (U.S. #34, 1966) Following the LP release the duo
released another album under the name Anders & Poncia
on Warner Bros. Records
in 1969, and shortly after broke up.
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